## The Rocket Equation The Tsiolovsky Rocket Equation describes the velocity that results from pushing matter (exploding rocket fuel) in the opposite direction to the direction you want to travel. This assignment requires you to do basic calculation using the Tsiolovsky Rocket Equation : v[t] = eV Log M M – bR t – g t The parameters used are : ◼ eV exhaust velocity (m/s) ◼ pL payload (kg) ◼ fL fuel load (kg) ◼ M is the mass of the rocket (pL+fL, kg) ◼ bR the burn rate of fuel (kg/s) ◼ g the force due to gravity ms2 The variables calculated are : h(t) the height of the rocket at time t (m) v(t) the velocity of the rocket at time t (m/s) m(t) the mass of the rocket at time t (kg) Questions Question 1 (1 mark) Write an expression corresponding to the Tsiolovsky rocket equation and use integrate to find a function to describe the height of the rocket during fuel burn. Question 2 (2 marks) The fuel burns at a constant rate. Find the time (t0), velocity (vmax), and height (h0) of the rocket when the fuel runs out (calculate the time when the fuel runs out, and substitute this into the height Printed by Wolfram Mathematica Student Edition and velocity equations). Question 3 (2 marks) The second phase is when the only accelaration acting on the rocket is from gravity. This phase starts from the height and velocity of the previous question, and the velocity is given by the projectile motion equation, v(t) = vmax – g (t – t0). Use Solve to find the time when this equation equals 0. This will be the highest point the rocket reaches before returning to earth. Question 4 (1 marks) Integerate the projectile motion equation and add h0 to find the maximum height the rocket reaches. Question 5 (1 marks) Use Solve over the projectile motion equation to find the time when the height is 0. 2 assignment4.nb Printed by Wolfram Mathematica Student Edition

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